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Republican lawmakers have rushed to the defense of former President Donald Trump after FBI agents searched his Mar-A-Lago resort to investigate stolen classified documents, and MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski was disgusted by the response.
The Department of Justice executed a search warrant granted by a judge to take the unprecedented step of searching the former president's home, and the "Morning Joe" co-host said GOP lawmakers were fanning the flames of violence from Trump's extremist base.
"We are keeping tabs on the fallout from the search online, including growing concerns over the reaction from possible right-wing extremists," Brzezinski said.
The top comment on a pro-Trump online forum used the phrase "lock and load," while others made references to civil war, and Brzezinski said lawmakers like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene were encouraging violent action with their social media posts.
"Trump supporters are also posting upside-down flags across social media to signal a distress call, including this post from a sitting Republican congresswoman in Georgia," Brzezinski said. "It's just putrid, it's putrid what these people are doing, whatever, but not whatever because we all saw what happened on Jan. 6."
"For Trump to come out and say he was sieged and make it sound like doors were broken down, he is rallying the base," she added. "He is being the martyr, he is making himself the victim, when he is not the victim. Putting that all aside, how important might it be, what the FBI was looking for, for them to actually walk on the grounds of Mar-A-Lago, peacefully, they did call the Secret Service, who has to protect Donald Trump, and let them know they were coming. It was peaceful, but it was an FBI search and documents were removed."
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'This is a rancid sausage!' Anti-choice Republicans seethe at colleagues for going soft on total abortion bans
On Tuesday, POLITICO reported that a skirmish is brewing within the Republican Party over just how far to take abortion bans in light of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade — with some Republicans wary of going too far, and many anti-abortion activists enraged at the idea of reining in their cause after having achieved a decades-long goal.
"The most fervently anti-abortion lawmakers are accusing their colleagues of capitulating on rape and incest exceptions, while those calling for compromise or moderation believe more strident Republicans are ignoring political realities," reported Megan Messerly and Alice Miranda Ollstein. "Even as Indiana on Friday became the first to pass a new abortion ban since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, the state’s leading anti-abortion group said it was 'disappointed' lawmakers failed to remove rape and incest exceptions from the bill. A Republican state senator left his caucus in the heat of the debate on the bill, which he believed didn’t go far enough to ban the procedure. And the GOP House speaker chastised a Republican representative multiple times for suggesting his more moderate colleagues were condoning murder."
This comes amid a bruising defeat for the GOP in Kansas, a state former President Donald Trump carried by 15 points, where the party presented voters with an amendment to strip the state constitution of the right to abortion. Despite the GOP attempting to stack the deck in favor of the amendment, including running it during a primary where the vast majority of eligible voters would be Republicans, voters resoundingly rejected the amendment.
Former National Republican Congressional Committee chair Tom Davis laid out the problem for the GOP: “What Republicans need to be concerned about is: What is their branding going to be? Not just on this — we’ve already seen an erosion in the suburbs on cultural issues that have helped the Democrats. That’s the problem, when people get emboldened … it takes rational discussion off the table. That’s where we are.”
But anti-abortion advocates who have steered policy in the GOP for years are outraged, seeing even the slightest effort to moderate proposed abortion bans as a betrayal.
“We hear around here a lot that making legislation is like making sausage, and I’m going to tell you this right here is not the kind of sausage that you want to use for your biscuits and gravy,” said West Virginia State Sen. Robert Karnes in a floor speech, after his colleagues removed criminal penalties for doctors and neglected to make rape and incest reporting requirements as strong as he wanted. “This is a rancid sausage. It’s maggot filled — very little meat in this sausage, a lot of teeth and toenails, maybe. This is not a pro-life bill. This is a pro-abortion bill.”
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FBI felt 'urgency' to look for Mar-a-Lago documents because Trump has 'poor counterintelligence hygiene': legal expert
Appearing on MSNBC the morning after the FBI executed a search at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, a Florida prosecutor claimed that the suddenness of the visit led him to believe that there are grave concerns that the former president may be jeopardizing national security.
During his appearance on "Morning Joe" hosts, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg was asked, "Do you expect that we'll hear something from the Justice Department or from the FBI today or in the near future?"
"I think that that really depends on what violations they are actually investigating," he replied. "You know, I think it is important to remember that, because these involve classified documents, this is a national security investigation. I think the kind of classified information that would be in the White House, that Trump would have access to, these aren't going to be low-level, diplomatic cables. These are high-level, national security documents."
"I think part of the urgency here is that Trump has very poor counterintelligence hygiene," he continued. "He blabs secrets all the time. He is not careful about this kind of information. We also know Mar-a-Lago has been a target for foreign governments trying to get access to information. There was a trespasser several years ago who was arrested there, who was believed to be linked to the Chinese intelligence service. So I think that they want to make sure that they get these out of an unsecure location and out of potential hands that shouldn't have it."
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